5 Insights from A Pressing Engagement

“A Pressing Engagement” is the fourth episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Season 1. In a nutshell, we have Jason attempting to break a weight lifting record at the juice bar and Rita working to rip Jason away from his teammates.

There’s also a sphinx monster with wings that flap and literally blow people away. He fights alongside Goldar, the giant gorilla guy with golden armor. It’s madness, but there’s always some meaning to be found in madness. I found five great life lessons in this episode:

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1 – Pay attention.

Seriously, don’t lose count and make a poor teenage kid restart his one thousand reps goal. That’s just cruel.

But in reality, pay attention to details when it counts. Don’t let the world distract you from what matters, don’t let your phone keep you from having a conversation, and don’t let your mind wander when someone is trying to get your attention.

2 – Crazy can’t be pleased.

Finster is Rita’s monster man. He creates little minions out of clay, puts them into a machine, and then they become life-sized and looking to destroy stuff.

The thing is, Rita is crazy. Rita can never be pleased. Finster could create the most intimidating destructive beast in the universe and Rita will still say, “More, Finster! Make me more monsters!”

So if there’s someone in your life who you can’t seem to please – maybe you aren’t the problem. Maybe that person has serious issues he/she needs to work out instead of taking things out on you.

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Don’t be hard on yourself. Crazy just will never be pleased.

3 – Change up your strategy from time to time.

The rangers are in the megazord fighting Goldar and the sphinx guy and their original zord form isn’t taking these bad guys out. The rangers then change up the style and try a different method of attack. They try several different forms before finally sending the monsters back to Rita.

Life brings in different challenges each day, just like Rita sends different monsters all the time. You’re going to have to occasionally change up your tactic and get creative to find new ways to beat these new challenges.

Look into the arsenal of your mind and figure out new strategies to tackle life with.

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4 – Try again. And if you still don’t make it…try again…again.

Jason falls short in breaking the bench press record – twice. Two times he hits one thousand painful reps only to fail at the very end. I don’t know about you, but I would be angry and probably take a break from weight lifting for awhile (not that I lift weights anyway).

Because Jason is the almighty original Red Power Ranger, of course he tries again. And the third time, he breaks the record.

Sometimes in life we have to fail a thousand times before we can succeed and meet our goal. And that’s one hundred percent okay. That’s normal. The only true failure is giving up.

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So is there anything you’ve failed at lately? Is there anything you’ve given up because you never met a certain goal? Try again. Restart if you have to, but don’t give up.

5 – Encouragement is powerful.

Jason finally breaks the record with his teammates/friends by his side. They cheer him on and push him to keep going. (They also don’t lose count.)

Let’s work to keep our company full of those who only encourage us to be better instead of bring us down. On the other hand, let’s always strive to encourage others to be their best as well.

Sometimes we have to fight alone, but when encouraging words are given, it motivates us more than anything. So keep good company and be good company.

Alright, that’s my five life lessons from ‘A Pressing Engagement.’ Pay attention when it matters, know that crazy can’t be pleased, change up the strategy, try again and again, and fill your life with encouragement.

Zack, the Black Power Ranger, also has a very wise quote in this episode:

“Why don’t you just have a piece of cake and chill?”

Thanks for reading. Go have some cake and chill.

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